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Which Movie Had the Worst Opening Weekend of All Time?

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Adjusting box office numbers for inflation is a fun little game. We recently saw how ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ held up against Tim Burton‘s 1989 ‘Batman,’ and the results were a bit surprising. But this time we’re taking a look at the worst opening weekends of all time, and 2012 has quite a few titles on that list — one recent film in particular actually had the worst opening weekend of all time. Any guesses?

The answer might surprise you: ‘Won’t Back Down,’ the heartwarming tale of a single mom and a teacher (Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, respectively) banding together to improve their local school system, ranks at the top of the list of films with the worst opening weekends of all time. The film brought in $2,571,300, which breaks down to about 320,000 tickets, or 10 tickets per screen on average. Apparently you people don’t like inspiring movies about improving the education of our children.

Pajiba has the rundown of the top 50 films with the worst opening weekends ever (adjusted for inflation, of course), and there are several 2012 movies on the list, including that Katy Perry 3D concert movie and last weekend’s ‘Dredd.’ All of the films on the list opened in over 2500 theaters, which means they played every major city in America. As Pajiba notes, $10 million is the minimum gross figure for a film that hits that many screens. Anything less than that is bad news.

Below are the top (or bottom, depending on how you look at it) 50 films with the worst opening weekends ever:

1. Won’t Back Down — $2,571,300
2. The Rocker — $2,944,400
3. Lucky You — $3,159,600
4. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil — $4,088,200
5. MacGruber — $4,115,300
6. Hoot — $4,124,100
7. Rumor Has It — $4,345,500
8. The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising — $4,365,900
9. Hit and Run — $4,470,500
10. Firehouse Dog — $4,475,000
11. Prom — $4,689,300
12. The Words — $4,692,400
13. Pandorum — $4,756,200
14. Punisher: War Zone — $4,771,200
15. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story — $4,866,100
16. Joe Somebody — $5,035,500
17. The Express — $5,096,500
18. Raise Your Voice — $5,195,200
19. Whiteout — $5,284,100
20. Sorority Row — $5,439,600
21. Jonah Hex — $5,474,900
22. Zoom — $5,522,700
23. What’s Your Number? — $5,553,200
24. Surviving Christmas — $5,735,900
25. Meet Dave — $5,866,300
26. Imagine That — $5,916,700
27. Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer — $6,046,700
28. The Haunting of Molly Hartley — $6,057,800
29. Extraordinary Measures — $6,065,500
30. Repo Men — $6,180,100
31. Hot Rod — $6,190,700
32. Dredd — $6,201,200
33. Gulliver’s Travels — $6,315,600
34. Josie and the Pussycats — $6,464,800 32.0%
35. The Comebacks — $6,475,000
36. Flight of the Phoenix — $6,482,400
37. Disaster Movie — $6,519,900
38. The Next Three Days — $6,550,900
39. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant — $6,632,300
40. Furry Vengeance — $6,745,300
41. My Soul to Take — $6,850,800
42. Shorts — $6,891,500
43. The Invasion — $6,937,500
44. Just My Luck — $6,969,800
45. Did You Hear About the Morgans? — $6,973,000
46. Pride & Glory — $6,995,000
47. Katy Perry: Part of Me — $7,050,400
48. Mars Needs Moms — $7,055,200
49. Wicker Park — $7,060,800
50. Astro Boy — $7,064,100

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